Saturday, January 31, 2009

Fire! Earthquake! Sickness!

What a week!  Or has it been longer?


As you, my millions of loyal fans, know, my cooking hiatus started out with my mother going to the hospital.  I have great news here: no cancer!  She's home now and doing well.  She just needs to rest and heal.

I cannot express how relieved I am that she will get better.  Honestly, my mom is great.  I'm not ready to lose her.


To make this week extra special, while mom was in the hospital we had a small electrical fire in the dining room.  Our water cooler decided that it wanted us to repaint the walls, refinish a little furniture, and give it a permanent vacation.

Fortunately, nobody was hurt.  But, we've had workers in the dining room now for three days ... scraping, priming, painting.  Looks like it's going to be a few more days of that.  Then, every single dish has to be washed.  We have a lot of dishes.

Since our kitchen and pantry area are currently in pieces (I'm getting new cabinets, yay!) ... my workspace is (was) the dining room.  Oops.


Two days ago, there was an earthquake centered a mere 45 kilometers from our house.  5.4 on the Richter scale.  I was actually good and went to bed at a reasonable hour the night before.  So, I was up when the earthquake hit at 6:43am local time.  There was an aftershock about 10 minutes later. 

So ... it's been quite a week here.  Again, I apologize for the lack of posts.  When I get cooking faciilities again, I'll be back in action!

Oh, by the way ... did I mention that I'm getting a faver and a sore throat? 


Nancy/n.o.e said...

Oh, James, you have had quite the week. We've had drama around here, but not really of the natural disaster kind. No fun when life gets in the way of cooking!! I'm glad your mother is on the mend and that the other situations, while scary, were survivable.

Megan said...

I've been following along reading updates about your mom, and I'm glad she's ok. As far as the rest of it, hey, when it rains it pours, right?

James said...

@Nancy: Thank you very much!

@Megan: I think it's typhoon season.

Unknown said...

First, I am so glad that your mother is going to be fine. I’m sure that it must be concerning for her to be sick in a country where the medical care can be a bit iffy. I just found your blog and it is kind of like de ja vue. We moved to Costa Rica from Seattle 24 years ago and I went through a lot of what you are going through with ingredients. Unlike you, I couldn’t order them from the states because they would just get stolen in customs. Like you, I learned to make my own. Things are a lot better here now but I still make my own. I plan to follow your blog to see how you are doing. Happy New Year and may it be a better one.